Jelly Bean Bracelet

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There was absolutely no sewing happening at Casa Thunderpaws this weekend, however that does not mean needle and thread were idle.

I finished this bracelet, which is based on a pattern  from the February 2010 issue of Bead & Button magazine.  I used size 8° seed beads for most of it, and then large jelly bean drops for the accents.  If you look closely there are also orange sherbet colored 11° seeds as a picot edge.

The edge picot shows up better when you look at the back.  It’s a basic herringbone stitch done length-wise instead of width-wise.  So, you decide on the length of the bracelet first, then work upwards along the long edge.  This is a  different method of execution than most pieces.

I had thought to use solid yellow beads, but when I put them together, I realized they were not the same shade.  I used them anyway, and think they give the piece a subtle flair.  (That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it!)

Once the base is completed, you come off the edges and make 2-bead fingers, then fold them over and tie them back into the base with the drops.  Clear as mud? Yeah, I thought so too.

This shot comes closest to the true color of the jelly bean fringe, but it’s still not quite right.   To describe them in beading terms: they’re transparent neon orange with an AB finish.   You could sew them on a hunting vest and be seen for miles!

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